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Climate change–Wholesale reconfiguration of diets, livelihoods, farming will be required in some regions - ILRI news

Climate change–Wholesale reconfiguration of diets, livelihoods, farming will be required in some regions - ILRI news | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Findings from a new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) chart a path for farmers to adapt to climate shifts despite uncertainties about what growing conditions will look like decades from now.

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Our hunger for innovation Opinion - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania

Our hunger for innovation Opinion - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Our hunger for innovation Tasmania must be confident, if it is to be at the forefront of innovation, writes Holger Meinke.
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By Holger Meinke (CCAFS ISP Member): "Vietnam's population is 88 million. In 10 years it will exceed 100 million. If you think we are experiencing change, visit Vietnam. In the past 10 years Vietnam has gone from a net importer of rice to becoming one of the largest exporters. It has also become one of the largest coffee producers in the world. And though people are still poor, there is little strident poverty of the type you still see in many other developing countries and throughout Africa. "

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Countries Forge Ahead on Mitigation in Agriculture Despite UNFCCC Delays - Climate Change Policy & Practice (IISD)

Countries Forge Ahead on Mitigation in Agriculture Despite UNFCCC Delays - Climate Change Policy & Practice (IISD) | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Although UNFCCC negotiations on agriculture are on hold, agricultural mitigation is already an objective for many developing countries.
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Op-ed by Lini Wollenberg, CCAFS Theme Leader for Pro-Poor Mitigation:

 

"Although UNFCCC negotiations on agriculture are on hold, agricultural mitigation is already an objective for many developing countries. National governments are moving quickly to plan agricultural development that also leads to climate change adaptation and mitigation, which is crucial in a sector that is so vulnerable to climate impacts, but also responsible for 14 to 24% of global emissions. As a result, new policy mechanisms and tools are being put into use with some promising, recent developments."

 
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How farmers can adapt to a warming world - Al-Jazeera Op-Ed

How farmers can adapt to a warming world - Al-Jazeera Op-Ed | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
"No-regrets" strategies to adjust agriculture to the realities of climate change need to be taken now.
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Op-ed in Al-Jazeera by Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research CCAFS and Andy Challinor, University of Leeds. New article presented: Addressing Uncertainty in Adaptation Planning for Agriculture, a study published online at PNAS.org  - "Global temperatures have not been this high in at least 4,000 years. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today - 400 parts per million - has not been this high for three million years. Climate change has moved from an abstract concept to a basic fact of nature, and scientists have been researching its effects on food production and prices."

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South Asia in search of coordinated climate policy - BusinessMirror

South Asia in search of coordinated climate policy - BusinessMirror | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The online version of the Philippines' leading business newspaper features virtually all the stories and statistical data available in the print edition.
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Photo: P. Casier (CGIAR). South Asia has always been a climatic hot spot. According to Pramod Aggarwal, South Asia principal researcher and regional program leader for agriculture and food security for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), over 70 percent of the region is prone to drought, 12 percent to floods and 8 percent to cyclones. “Climate stress has always been normal [here]; climate change will make things worse,” he said.

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The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Haryana

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Haryana | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Recently, the CGIAR came up with focused research programmes on specific themes and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) introduced the concept of "Climate Smart Villages (CSVs)" in India with adoption of five villages, Sandheer, Pakhana, Beer Nariyana, Anganthali and Traveri in Haryana.

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Warmer Climate Threatens Africa’s Vital Cassava Crop - Climate Central

Warmer Climate Threatens Africa’s Vital Cassava Crop - Climate Central | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The report’s lead author, Andy Jarvis, said: “Cassava is a survivor; it’s like the Rambo of the food crops. It deals with almost anything the climate throws at it.”

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Welternährung: Klimawandel bedroht globale Nahrungsproduktion - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Welternährung: Klimawandel bedroht globale Nahrungsproduktion - SPIEGEL ONLINE | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Die Folgen: Insbesondere in Afrika werden die Menschen künftig häufiger von Hungerkatastrophen betroffen sein, als sie es ohnehin schon sind. Derzeit gelten laut Uno etwa eine Milliarde Menschen als unterernährt, die Zahl wird vor allem in den Entwicklungsländern drastisch steigen. Wie drastisch dieser mittelmäßige Effekt sein wird, macht Frank Rijsberman deutlich: "Allein um mit der wachsenden Weltbevölkerung und der daraus steigenden Nachfrage für Lebensmittel stand zu halten, muss die Nahrungsmittelproduktion bis 2050 um 60 Prozent steigen", sagte der CEO des CGIAR-Konsortiums (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) in einem "The Observer"-Artikel.

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Hunger-nutrition-climate nexus: Bringing the conversation down to earth - ILRI

Hunger-nutrition-climate nexus: Bringing the conversation down to earth - ILRI | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Former US Vice President Al Gore speaking at the Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice Conference in Dublin, 16 Apr 2013. CGIAR CEO Frank Rijsberman (second from left) looks on. Read more about this e...
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‘What happens when some of the world’s thought leaders in hunger, nutrition and climate justice meet with innovators working at the frontlines of climate change in developing countries? At the Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice conference in Dublin yesterday, these pairings helped bring lofty theories down to earth, infusing discussions on rights, risk, knowledge and empowerment with touching and inspiring examples from around the world.’

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Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies - The Guardian

Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies - The Guardian | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Frank Rijsberman, head of the world's leading Cgiar crop research stations, said: "There's a lot of complacency in rich countries about climate change. We must understand that instability is inevitable. We already see a lot of refugees. Perhaps if a lot of people come over on boats to Europe or the US that would wake them up."

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Dublin Castle hosting international conference on hunger and climate change - Big News Network

Dublin Castle hosting international conference on hunger and climate change - Big News Network | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Former US Vice-President Al Gore and Ambassador Patricia Espinosa, of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda among the attendees.
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The conference, which will end Tuesday night, is being organised in partnership with the World Food Programmeand the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. It was opened by President Michael D Higgins.

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Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Frank Rijsberman, head of the world's 15 international CGIAR crop research centres, which study food insecurity, said: "Food production will have to rise 60% by 2050 just to keep pace with expected global population increase and changing demand. Climate change comes on top of that. The annual production gains we have come to expect … will be taken away by climate change. We are not so worried about the total amount of food produced so much as the vulnerability of the one billion people who are without food already and who will be hit hardest by climate change. They have no capacity to adapt." Related to the CCAFS co-organised conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice, April 15-16 2013.

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Using Crowdsourcing to Fight Climate Change Effects

Using Crowdsourcing to Fight Climate Change Effects | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A project in northeastern India is looking to turn farmers into citizen scientists to better understand which crops can thrive in changing climate conditions.
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In order to combat this problem in developing nations, some scientists are turning to crowdsourcing. As part of its Seeds for Needs initiative, for example, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been looking at how to turn farmers into citizen scientists. Seeds for Needs, according to CCAFS’s Jacob van Etten, is a “series of projects… to give farmers more access to crop varieties and landraces to help them adapt to climate change.” As part of that initiative, the CCAFS is currently running a program in Vaishali, a district in India’s northeastern Bihar state, to test wheat varieties.

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Call for “no regret” climate adaptation strategies - IRIN News

Call for “no regret” climate adaptation strategies - IRIN News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The absence of accurate climate prediction models should not dissuade countries from choosing the best ways to adapt to a changing climate, says a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
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“Even when our knowledge is incomplete, we often have robust grounds for choosing best-bet adaptation actions and pathways, by building pragmatically on current capacities in agriculture and environmental management, and using projections to add detail and to test promising options against a range of scenarios,” said Sonja Vermeulen, head of research at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and lead author of the report.

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Peak soil: industrial civilisation is on the verge of eating itself

Peak soil: industrial civilisation is on the verge of eating itself | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: New research on land, oil, bees and climate change points to imminent global food crisis without urgent action
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Last year, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change chaired by former chief government scientist Prof Sir John Beddington - who previously warned of a perfect storm of food, water and energy shortages within 17 years - set out seven concrete, evidence-based recommendations to generate a shift toward more sustainable agriculture.

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Africa roots for agriculture in global climate change talks - The Star Kenya

Africa roots for agriculture in global climate change talks - The Star Kenya | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Photo: K. Trautmann. Op-Ed by CCAFS Regional Program Leader in East Africa: James KInyangi and Wilson Ugangu.

 

"Climate change and its consequences for the environment present an enormous threat to human development and progress today. It is with this understanding that the UN subsidiary bodies are due to meet in Bonn, Germany, in June to advance agreements on climate change, anchored around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change."

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Atlas highlights diversity of African soils for agriculture and more

Atlas highlights diversity of African soils for agriculture and more | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
International experts say they've created a Soil Atlas of Africa to help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand soil's diversity and importance.
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"We documented all the different types of soils and mapped them so that our decision-makers at national and regional levels can use the maps to decide where to invest in terms of food production and urbanization," said Robert Zougmore, regional program manager for west Africa at the CGIAR research program on climate change, agriculture and food security.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/05/23/Soil-Atlas-of-Africa-created-to-help-farmers-land-managers/UPI-73821369344064/#ixzz2UC5gqL76
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African Soil Diversity Mapped for the First Time - allAfrica.com

African Soil Diversity Mapped for the First Time - allAfrica.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Robert Zougmoré, regional programme manager for West Africa at the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, says the atlas displays the diversity of African soil for both agricultural and non-agricultural purposes.

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US defends plan for countries to set their own climate goals - RTCC - Climate change news

US defends plan for countries to set their own climate goals - RTCC - Climate change news | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
RTCC’s daily round-up of the top climate change and green economy stories from around the world
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Vietnam: The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) research program, part of the CGIAR agricultural research partnership, has announced it is establishing a new hub in Vietnam. The country is the world’s second largest rice exporter and plays an important role in global food supply. “Vietnam is the country most vulnerable to climate change in Southeast Asia,” said Dr Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), one of the participating organisations. (CGIAR). Photo: V. Meadu (CCAFS)

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Food insecurity and climate change will cause devastation for millions, say experts - Greenwise Business

Food insecurity and climate change will cause devastation for millions, say experts - Greenwise Business | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Frank Rijsberman, head of the world's 15 international CGIAR crop research centres, which study food insecurity, said: "Food production will have to rise 60 per cent by 2050 just to keep pace with expected global population increase and changing demand. Climate change comes on top of that. The annual production gains we have come to expect … will be taken away by climate change. We are not so worried about the total amount of food produced so much as the vulnerability of the one billion people who are without food already and who will be hit hardest by climate change. They have no capacity to adapt. www.ccafs.cgiar.org

 

 

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Small farmers hold the key to tackling climate change - TRUST Thomson Reuters Foundation

Small farmers hold the key to tackling climate change - TRUST Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Food producers are finally being heard in climate policy discussions
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The conference on “Hunger-Nutrition-Climate Justice” that I attended in Dublin this month has shown a hugely significant development. Finally, grassroots activists, smallholder farmers, pastoralists and fishermen are being given a voice and placed at the centre of climate change discussions. Written by Frank Rijsberman

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Small farmers take the stage to sway climate justice debate - AlertNet

Small farmers take the stage to sway climate justice debate - AlertNet | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Dublin conference backs developing-world producers in effort to shape global policy on climate change and hunger
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Frank Rijsberman, chief executive of the CGIAR, a partnership of 15 international agricultural research centres, told AlertNet from Dublin that attitudes among scientists have shifted to recognise that local knowledge and concerns must play a part in helping farmers adapt to climate change. It is no longer a question of researchers delivering new plant varieties and growing techniques in a one-way process.

 

"Farmers do have important knowledge that needs to be combined with modern science," he said. But Rijsberman noted that 60 percent of people at the conference had voted 'no' to a question on whether there is enough local knowledge to tackle hunger and climate change, adding that there is still a need for innovation.

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Impact of climate change, hunger and poor nutrition to be explored at major international conference - The FINANCIAL

Impact of climate change, hunger and poor nutrition to be explored at major international conference - The FINANCIAL | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The FINANCIAL
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The Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will host a major international conference today and tomorrow (April 15 and 16) to explore the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition and their impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello and Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, announced today. The conference, which is being organised in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), will be opened by President Michael D Higgins, according to European Union.Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)

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Africa: Dublin Conference To Highlight Links Between Hunger And Climate - allAfrica.com

Africa: Dublin Conference To Highlight Links Between Hunger And Climate - allAfrica.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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WFP has partnered with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the hosts of the conference, the Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, to organise the meeting which will bring together high-level delegates, and representatives of grass roots organisations from areas that have been affected by climate change.

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Giustizia climatica e lotta alla fame “La sfida globale è una sola”

Giustizia climatica e lotta alla fame “La sfida globale è una sola” | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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 Questo mese, il governo irlandese e la Fondazione Mary Robinson-“Giustizia climatica” ospiteranno una conferenza internazionale per discutere di tali sfide e sollecitare approcci e soluzioni innovativi. La conferenza “Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice 2013” è organizzata in partnership con il Programma Alimentare Mondiale e il CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security . 

La sfida globale è determinare come si possono assistere i più vulnerabili: non imponendo soluzioni dall’alto ma associando le conoscenze tradizionali dei contadini, le loro pratiche e la loro esperienza alle innovazioni scientifiche, al fine di ridurre la fame, migliorare la nutrizione e aiutare le popolazioni ad adattarsi al cambiamento climatico. 

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